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Men's Basketball Battles for 78-72 Home Win Over Anderson

Men's Basketball Battles for 78-72 Home Win Over Anderson

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on the hot shooting of Charlie Aimone in the first half and Luke Callahan in the second half to pick up a 78-72 men's basketball victory in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Wednesday night at Hulbert Arena.

Aimone scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half to help the Fightin' Engineers earn a 34-28 lead at the break.  Callahan answered with all of his game-high 22 points in the second half, as Rose-Hulman remained in a tie for first place in the HCAC standings with the victory.

Callahan finished 9-13 from the field for a career-high 22 points with nine rebounds.  Aimone was 9-14 from the field and pitched in with five rebounds.  Craig McGee helped provide much of the offense with a career-high 11 assists to go along with seven points and three rebounds.

Other key contributors to the Rose-Hulman offense included Eli Combs with nine points; Zach Callahan with eight points; Ryuji Aoki with seven points and four assists; and Trey Wurtz with five points.

Maurice Knight led the Anderson offense with 22 points.  Mike Peters and Malik Laffoon were also in double figures for the Ravens with 13 points and 11 points, respectively.

Rose-Hulman outrebounded Anderson 31-20 and hit 20-23 from the free throw line to earn a closely contested victory.  The Engineers also forced 14 turnovers to just 11 of their own.

Rose-Hulman led for much of the second half, before Anderson took a 66-64 lead on two free throws by Cole Hartman with 4:37 left.  Two free throws by Zach Callahan and two more by Aoki put the Engineers back in front 68-66 at the 3:30 mark.

The Engineers defense held Anderson without a basket for nearly four minutes to build a 73-66 lead.  Luke Callahan provided a layup and Zach Callahan capped the run with three free throws.

Anderson closed to within five points twice in the final minute, but could get no closer as Rose-Hulman earned its seventh win in the last eight games.

Rose-Hulman (11-5) remains in a three-way tie for first place in the HCAC standings at 7-2 with Wednesday's win.  The Fightin' Engineers are tied with Hanover and Transylvania for first place in the league.  Anderson dropped to 6-10 overall and 5-4 in conference games.  The Fightin' Engineers host Defiance on Saturday with a special 1 p.m. start time.